April 22, 2008

Major issues of concern for the Christian voter

...in no particular order...

Where does my favored candidate stand on support for Israel? (this addresses the question of whether or not Israel retains any special favor from Biblical mandate)

Who does my favored candidate plan to appoint to the Supreme Court? (depending on who is appointed there will be major implications regarding Roe v. Wade and subtley anti-Christian "anti-discrimination" laws passed)

What is my favored candidate's view on school vouchers and home schooling? (this addresses the question of who should be allowed to teach our children, and what they ought to be taught)

Is my favored candidate willing to compromise with his opposing party in order to move major bills forward in the House and Senate? (the answer to this is a yardstick of sorts, determining generally how stauchly a candidate will stick to his proclamations, regardless of whether or not they are best for the country; this can lead to scary types of government)

What is my favored candidate's view on why we are at war in Iraq? What is his plan for that situation, as well as our continued occupancy of Afghanistan? (the answer to this will give an idea of the candidate's understanding of evil in the world, and how involved we should be in keeping it under control)

What is my favored candidate's plan for legalized abortion? How about stem-cell research? (this one should be obvious; this addresses the candidate's view on the sanctity of life and its contents therein)

What is my favored candidate's view on the status of same-sex marriages? (this addresses the candidate's view of the sanctity of marriage)

What is my favored candidate's plan for border security? (this adresses the question of the rights of citizens under control of their government- under authority; it also concerns the question of entitlement)

What is my favored candidate's plan for illegal immigrants' residency and work status? (see above)


Owen said...

Does Israel retain any special favor by Biblical mandate?

Interesting question.

cityfarmer said...

Ezek. 37:15 "The Word of The Lord was addressed to me* as follows: 'Son of Man, take a stick and write on it, "Judah and those Israelites loyal to him:. Take another stick and write on it, "Joseph, the wood of Ephraim and all the House of Israel loyal to him." Join one to the other to make a single piece of wood, a single stick in your hand. And when the members of your nation say, 'Tell us what you mean'; say. 'The Lord God says this: I am taking the stick of Joseph ... and I am going to put the stick of Judah with them. I shall make one stick out of the two, and I shall hold them as one ... I am going to take the sons of Israel from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them together from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall put My Spirit in them - ... they shall no longer form two nations nor be two separate kingdoms ... My Servant David will reign over them ... they will follow My Observances, respect My Laws and practice them. They will live in the Land that I gave My servant Jacob ... I shall make a Covenant of Peace with them, an Eternal Covenant ... I shall settle My Sanctuary among them for ever ... I shall be their God, they shall be My people. And the nations will learn that I am God the Sanctifier of Israel, when My Sanctuary is with them for ever." (also Jer. 3:18) Note: ref. also to the foregoing chapters in both refs.


'me' - the writer, Ezekiel the Hebrew prophet (6th cent. BCE - at the time of the Babylonian captivity). Some 4 centuries earlier, the 12-tribe nation of Israel had split into the Northern Kingdom, (10 tribes, incl. the tribes of Joseph and Ephraim) hence forth known as "Israel' , and the southern Kingdom (Judah and Benjamin). These 'two nations' often warred with each other. Judah carried the Oracles of God from Jerusalem. Israel (the 10 northern tribes) degenerated into paganism and disappeared from history.

Both Houses were exiled from the Land.

Each stick represents one section of the divided Israel

God promises to re-unite the 2 houses but only after the ingathering - which started for Judah since World War 1. The State of Israel (consisting of the returned House of Judah & Benjamin) was declared in 1948 . The 10 Tribes totally lost their Identity as they probably migrated to new countries across the globe. To date, they have not yet been identified and has not returned to the Land of Israel.

The re-identified 10 tribes, will return to Israel, as Judah did. They will be re-united with Judah and will also accept and abide by the Laws of God, which had been protected throughout the centuries by Judah (the Jews), even in exile.

I think yes!!!!

Owen said...

Mom, as for the passage quoted, I agree to its truth, as it is Scripture. But as to the "Notes," where do they come from? They look like margin notes from a Study Bible. Is that's so, remember that, those are the work of the compilers of that Bible, and thus potentially errant.

(6) But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, [7] nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but "In Isaac your seed shall be called." [8] that is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. [9] For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son. [10]" And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our rather Isaac [11] (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to the election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), [12] it was said to her, "The older shall serve the younger." [13] As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."

Romans 9:6-13

Victoria said...

oohh a debate on my blog! how exciting. and i am not weighing in on it either!


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